The Academy dominates the Nationals; Van den Berg and Kooistra go 1-2
The Academy came into Bergen with the goal of dominating again the U23 Dutch Nationals after seizing back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017, being Fabio Jakobsen the one who wore the red, white and blue jersey. The parcour presented a challenging that included some short and steep hills as well as cobbled sections. 

The race was off to a hectic start, with a group of 5 riders making it up the road without Academy representation. Our riders took the control of the peloton shortly after and went on the play it tactical, with Marten Kooistra and Ide Schelling featuring the first big chasing group. The succession of attacks did not stop, and it was Julius van den Berg in the first instance and Daan Hoole alongside Kooistra the ones who stayed in the front group, leaving the Academy in numerical superiority with three laps to go. The collective work of our three riders kept on growing the gap to the chasing group, and it was Van den Berg the one who attacked bringing a rider to his wheel before eventually going dropping him and going solo for one lap and a half and crossing the line in first place. In the group behind Marten Kooistra proved as the strongest and attack in the closing part of the day, overcoming the rider in between and crossing the line in second place overall, showcasing the Academy’s superiority in the race.

That one was Van den Berg’s last race as U23, three and half years later after joining the first ever squad of the Academy. Effective immediately, Julius will move to the Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale, being the twelfth Academy rider who moves up in the Pro ranks in less than four years of existence, proving the viability and strength of this project. 

We wish nothing but the best to Julius in this next step of his cycling career!